As Health Departments Expand Their Role, Can They Keep Up With Basic Services?

The conflicts playing out in one North Carolina county could be plaguing other places.

A scandal erupted in Mecklenburg County, N.C., earlier this year when it was reported that the Health Department had failed to notify 185 women of abnormal Pap smear results. For public health officials, that’s not the worst that could happen — an epidemic that could have been prevented would top that list — but it’s certainly a failing in what most would agree is a key duty in preventive medicine.

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